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VCR is in locked position when play is pressed.

VCR has no sound or picture and I cannot find a location or even a phone n o. for Akai.

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  • denisejayjay Nov 29, 2008

    No the information did not solve my problem, the vcr does rewind and fast forward and the counter does work. It appears the play feature is locked-maybe as a precaution to stop inappropriate videos being played?? I just need to know how to unlock it. Have had a TV technician try but with no success.

  • denisejayjay Dec 01, 2008

    Thanks arthurroger but no luck. Every time I press play it locks, the other functions work ok so I am guessing there is a lock feature which I need to try and find out how to turn off. Have tried to contact Panasonic - no success either.

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I believe Panasonic has taken over the service and distribution of Akai.  A check on the Internet for Akai will lead you to a service link. I have an Akai combo TV-VCR that I was able to download a manual for. Parts.com may have other parts for your unit. I need more info on your unit. Does it run in play? Rewind and FF? Does the counter move? If the unit functions mechanically, be sure your patch cords are properly connected - yellow for composite video, white and red for audio. Be sure the input is properly selected on you monitor or TV.

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    Arthur Aldrich Nov 29, 2008

    Try this: Put in an old tape or a blank tape with the RECORD tabs in place on the back. Don't use a good tape or one you want to save. Press stop, then play-record, then see if the mechanism functions properly. It sounds as though the record-play interlock may be funky. Or press pause or stop, and then play. I have seen this problem on other VCRs; usually pressing stop before entering any other commands clears it. Good luck!

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